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Avocados Australia Guacamole 8 December 2017

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Leadership training funds secured

Avocados Australia is one of the organisations to have secured Australian Government funding for developing leadership skills. The consortium (involving melons, bananas, lychees, mangoes, passionfruit, persimmons, strawberries and Growcom), will receive $224,800 to established a leadership program for 40 participants. More details will be available in the New Year.


Hort Code templates released: Growcom

Growcom has released a series of templates to help growers develop the horticulture produce agreements (HPA) required under the Horticulture Code of Conduct. All growers and traders must have a Code-compliant HPA; the only exemptions are if you trade directly with a retailer, processor or exporter. Meanwhile, Fresh Markets Australia says the HPA be negotiated with input from both parties, and it should reflect good commercial practice.


China reduces tariffs

Avocados are among the 187 products on which China unilaterally lowered tariffs on 1 December 2017. Chile’s Hass Avocado Committee says the move may benefit Mexico, but they’re unsure of the impact for Chile. It appears the move may be to disrupt grey channel imports from “daigou”, personal shoppers living overseas in countries such as Australia, sending products such as baby formula home.

Australian Avocados

Good Fat an avocado success

Part of Hort Innovation’s grower levy-funded marketing activity for the industry included the recent month-long run of the pop-up cafe, Good Fat by Australian Avocados. The media supported the restaurant, with highlights including an article on Ladbible, and a segment on Sunrise. See the latest marketing activity that’s helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian Avocados.


Encouraging horticulture industry innovation

Under a partnership with Hort Innovation, three Churchill Fellowships are being offered annually, specifically for international research on a topic related to horticulture. They will be awarded on the basis that the research undertaken will provide clear benefit to the Australian horticulture sector and, ultimately, to the wider community. Applications open on 1 February 2018.


Have you listed in the new Avocado Directory?

Avocados Australia is now welcoming listing applications from industry stakeholders for the new Avocado Directory. The directory allows easy access to all sorts of businesses that play a role in the avocado industry. Whether you are a buyer or seller of products or services, this directory can help you. 

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Supply chain resources

In the supply chain, improving fruit quality and handling practices is everyone’s responsibility. The Wholesale section of the BPR addresses the main practices that wholesalers can adopt to improve avocado quality. We know from research that consumers value: ripe and ready fruit they can eat today or tomorrow, mature fruit, fruit with less than 10% internal flesh defects.

The BPR is our free online one-stop-shop to support best practice throughout the Australian avocado supply chains. We encourage all of our stakeholders to register and access this vital resource. You can log in (or request access!) via www.avocado.org.au/best-practice-resource/.


No market access application yet for Peruvian avocados
There may be medium to long-term implications for avocados with the signing of Australia’s most recent free trade agreement, with Peru. However, Avocados Australia Chief Executive Officer John Tyas says while Peru is understandably keen to extend the market for their Superfoods of Peru brand, fresh avocados from Peru are currently prohibited in Australia due to quarantine restrictions and to date no application had been made for avocados.


Asia to dominate global grocery growth. 27/11/17.
On predicted 2022 values, China will be the world’s second-largest grocery market worth 1.671 trillion, with 5.8% compound annual growth rate growth.


Avocado’s health benefits. 24/11/17.
Once accused of damaging heart health, research now shows that omega-6 fatty acids are good for us. Healthy sources include avocados, seeds and nuts.


Funding boost for AusPestCheck. 23/11/17.
A trial of AusPestCheck will be funded by the Australian Government as part of the National Plant Health Surveillance Program. AusPestCheck provides a real-time picture of pest numbers and spread, as well as information collected from surveillance activities.


Long read: America’s obsession with the avocado
In total, the demand for avocados grew from 682 million pounds in 2004 to over 2.2 billion pounds in 2016, a 230% increase in just 12 years. This piece explores how that was achieved, and darker side of supply.


UK: seedless avocado at M&S. 7/12/17.
Marks & Spencer will have "stoneless" avocado on its shelves during December only after finding a Spanish supplier. The avocados are not a new variety, rather they are formed by an unpollinated avocado blossom. 


Rise in Chilean avocado exports. 6/12/17.
Chilean avocado exports rose sharply in the first nine months of 2017 as shippers exploited a gap in the US market caused by the reduced availability of Mexican avocados.


Mexican avocado growth anticipated. 4/12/17.
Hass avocado production in Mexico is forecast to be 1.8m tonnes (MMT) for 2017/18, a new GAIN report from the USDA predicts. In the Chinese market, Mexico recently sold one million avocados online via Alibaba on Black Friday.


EU: Packaging change boosts mini avo sales. 4/12/17.
“Last year we introduced net bags and it definitely caught on,” Special Fruit's Evy Van Gastel says. There is about 700g of unripened baby avocados in a net bag.


Peru adding 1,500ha of Hass each year. 30/11/17.
Peru already has more than 28,000ha of avocado, including young plantations. Export volumes are expected to increase by 15% in 2018, off a record 230,000t in 2017.


Spain: prices at “risky” levels. 29/11/17.
Tropical fruit seller Grupo Fernandez says avocado prices worldwide have been pushed to “very risky levels” but he expects increased supply to improve stability.


Mexico: avocado farmers form own police force. 28/11/17.
The fight to remove organised crime from Mexico’s avocado capital of Tancitaro is being part-funded by avocado growers, who pay a percentage of their earnings depending on how many hectares they own.


US: major holidays boost avocado sales values. 27/11/17.
Avocado unit sales dropped but dollar sales soared during the weeks leading up to Father’s Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day in the US this year. The Hass Avocado Board reported that retailers brought in $144.3 million between the three holidays.


Stable European market. 27/11/17.
An exotic fruit specialist from the Netherlands says the avocado market has been fairly stable in recent months, a trend expected to continue. More Colombian avocados will come to Europe this year, making up for an expected smaller Spanish harvest.


Peru and Colombia joining forces. 22/11/17.
Peruvian and Colombian avocado supply companies Fruty Green and ACP have joined forces to offer a consistent 10-month avocado supply for international customers.


NZ: avocado booming. 21/11/17.
The New Zealand avocado industry has grown from $70 million value to $200m in four years, says industry leader Tony Ponder.


Hort Connections 2018

Delegate registrations are now open for Hort Connections 2018, which will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 18-20 June 2018. Hort Connections is a joint initiative between AUSVEG and the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ), and will be co-hosted alongside a range of horticulture industry bodies. You can read more about the event in Fresh Plaza or the Hort Connections 2018 website.



12 Dec - Hort Code workshop, vegetablesWA, Gingin, WA

6 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Mareeba, Qld
7 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Bowen, Qld
14-16 May – China Fruit Logistica, Shanghai
13-15 Jun – Irrigation Australia International Conference, Sydney
18-20 June – Hort Connections 2018, Brisbane
4 Sept – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
5-7 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong

Horticulture Innovation Australia
Guacamole has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the avocado research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.